Shakespeare meets natural history?

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I’ve spent a part of several summers in Cedar City, Utah with our oldest daughter Lizabeth — first introduced to the Utah Shakespeare Festival while studying theater with Maren Mascarelli at Arizona School for the Arts.

Each time we go, Lizabeth heads down a staircase that leads to a room with two walls covered in pictures from past festivals — eager to revisit the one featuring Mascarelli in a Utah Shakespeare Festival performance of Chekhov’s “The Seagull.”

Now that Lizabeth is in college and we’re both plenty comfortable making our way around the lovely little town that’s home to the festival, we sometimes set out on separate adventures.

One afternoon I decided to explore the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History, located on the campus of Southern Utah University — one of several schools Lizabeth eyed when working to choose a college.

Although Lizabeth decided to attend Pace University in NYC, I suppose she’ll carry a bit of her festival experiences on the SUU campus with her as she studies Shakespeare this fall from an English lit perspective.

Thank goodness I’ve got all those photos of road trips to organize and share. I’ll need something to keep me from missing her quite so fiercely until our next road trip.

— Lynn

Note: The current line up for “Utah Shakes” includes “Les Miserables,” “Scapin,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Mary Stuart” and “Titus Andronicus.” Click here for details.

Coming up: Museums exploring frontier life, Scottsdale meets East Village

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